Denise Goldberg's blog

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

rusty passage

As I drove along the edge of New Hampshire and into southern Maine the afternoon light was pure magic. The road was lined with trees wearing rust-colored leaves, beautiful.

Photos from today are mind images only... it's not a good idea to stop on the side of a limited access (no pedestrians allowed) highway.

driving soon

Later today we'll be jumping into the car and heading to the northeast. Denise will be doing the driving and I will be looking through the windows to see if there are any leaves left on the trees. I'll only be able to see the trees for part of the drive where the sun is still above the horizon.

When I look at the map of our route it feels like the drive will be a lot of hours. I know that it's always worth the time to get to Acadia though.

route from N Andover MA to Bar Harbor ME
route from home to Bar Harbor, courtesy of Google Maps

The weather forecast looks good for the first two days but the next two are supposed to be chilly (in the low 40s) and wet. I guess Denise already saw the forecast because I see she has a rain jacket and good layers ready to go. Blue & I have a warm spot set up in Denise's camera bag. I like to peek out but if it's raining I will stay under cover. I don't like getting wet!

Rover & Blue hiding in Denise's camera bag

We don't have actual plans for out wanders. Our walking routes will be partially dictated by the weather; if it's really wet I think we'll probably stay on flat surfaces. I know that I want to bounce on the rocks of the Schoodic Peninsula so asked Denise to schedule a Schoodic wander on one of the days that are supposed to be dry. She really likes it there.

I'm sure we'll get to the Jesup Path too. This photo is from a visit last fall that was a couple of weeks early than this trip so we might not see any bright leaves this time.

boardwalk, Jesup Path
on Jesup Path in Acadia, October 2013
--- Rover

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Bright in color, reaching, soon to be gone...

brightly colored, reaching, soon to be gone

Sunday, October 26, 2014

edged in color

Some trees are wearing bare branches, some are still wearing green, some are creating beautiful paintings with leaves edged in red.

edging into color

late season coneflowers

I was delighted to find bright color in the gardens of Prescott Park in Portsmouth yesterday. Some flowers are still fully in bloom, some are evolving to an end-of-season look.

autumn remnants of a bright yellow coneflower

Saturday, October 25, 2014


The rain finally stopped, leaving a pure blue sky decorated with a few fleeting clouds. The sun delighted my senses with a cloud reflection, blue sky reflecting as blue water.

reflection in blue
along the New Hampshire coast

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Listen... can you hear the rain? The rain started yesterday accompanied with strong gusts of wind, rain moving from steady to heavy overnight. The forecast calls for heavy rain changing to showers later in the day.

It's a good umbrella day!

a leaf with jagged edges, splashed with color

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

(re) learning layers

The temperature has been hovering in the 50s during the day, dropping as the sun sinks to the horizon. That doesn't sound cold but it feels a bit nippy when I head out walking in the early evening.

It is a bit of an art to understanding the layers needed to allow me to be (somewhat) comfortable when I leave the house without overheating during my brisk walk. The transition from warmer weather to the cool of autumn and then the cold of winter surprises me each year - but I think I've found working layers for now. Tonight I wore capri-length tights, a very light fleece shirt, and a rain jacket plus my very bright blinking lights. It was nippy when I initially started (in cool and damp conditions) but I was comfortable and dry for my entire walk. Happy...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

sumac in orange

The wind was gusting, the temperature chilly (and dropping). It was pure luck that these bright orange leaves stopped moving long enough to pose for a photo.

leaves in bright orange

Friday, October 17, 2014

in the grass

The grass is still green, decorated with the bright colors of autumn leaves.

a leaf in the grass